Skateboarder in serious condition after hit and run, driver tracked down

BRANDON - A skateboarder was taken to the hospital in serious condition Thursday morning after a driver hit him on a Brandon road, then drove off.

Officials tracked down the driver, and took him into custody.

The crash happened on Providence Road near Providence Ridge Boulevard, just before 12:20 a.m.

Deputies say a male victim was riding his skateboard on the side of Providence road when he was hit by a vehicle heading southbound. The driver fled and the victim was transported to the hospital.

Deputies went patrolling and found the driver and his vehicle. He was arrested and faces hit and run charges.

Authorities said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

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